Golf D-67 Passes 1 of 2 Referendum Questions

Voters said yes to the ballot question asking for repairs and improvements to the two school buildings, but turned thumbs down on a tax rate increase that would have funded operations and programming.


UPDATE 1:00am

The bond referendum, to repair and improve facilities in the district has passed 53.1 percent to 46.9 percent.

UPDATE 11:46 p.m. -

With four of five precincts reporting, it appears the bond referendum, which would make improvements and repairs to the school buildings, may have passed; however, one precinct experienced a technical problem. A machine that tabulates paper ballots broke down, and results have been delayed because those ballots will have to be tallied at another location. However, District 67's other ballot question, the tax rate increase, has been defeated.

Jeff Gwozdz, a parent on the referendum committee, said, "I think it (the facilities referendum) was an easier one for people to vote for. It was physical repairs on buildings, which is easier to see. The other one (a tax rate increase) --there may have been more concerns about teachers' salaries and other expenses in general."

There are a total of five precincts that must report, and, as of 11:48 p.m. Nov. 6, one precinct has yet to report.

Earlier -

Golf School District 67 in Morton Grove and Niles is asking voters to approve two ballot questions that would provide it revenue for facilities and operations, respectively.

See approximately how much it would cost you in property taxes if the referendum passes, and what the money would go toward. 

Patch.com will be updating this page with election results for the referendum questions all evening.

School District 67, Tax Extension Increase Precincts Reported

% Votes YES 4 of 5 precincts reporting  40.96 589 NO 4 of 5 precincts reporting 59.04 849 School District 67, Issue Bonds Precincts Reported
Choices % Votes YES 4 of 5 reporting 52.4 765 NO 4 of reporting 47.6 695

Update 10:09 p.m. - For issuing bonds, four of the five precincts have reported. 765, or about 52 percent, have voted for the bonds, while 695, of about 48 percent, have voted against them. 

Meanwhile, for School District 67's tax extension increase, four of the five precincts have reported. About 590 have voted for the increase while 849, of 59.04 percent, have voted against the increase. 

Update - 8:28 p.m. - Things have quickly turned around for District 67, as voters for issuing more bonds are leading with 520 votes, or about 51 percent. While 500 have voted, "no," of 500 votes, 49.02 percent. Three of five precincts have reported. 

Update - 8:22 p.m. - Parents and members of the referendum committee were trickling into Giordano's pizza in Morton grove. One said they had committee members in every precinct watching for any irregularities. They hoped to get results in the precincts.

Update - 8:09 p.m. - While there haven't been many votes, this seems like it might go down to the wire. For issuing more bonds, two of five precincts have reported, with 114 voting yes, or about 34 percent, and 216 voting no, or about 65 percent.

Meanwhile, 158 people have voted for District 67 to get a tax extension increase while 177 have voted no. Only two of the five precincts have reported.

GOB November 09, 2012 at 03:51 AM
It was never said it's not about the money. The point of the referendum is to ask for needed money. The reason why? Things cost money. There is no grand ploy to deceive taxpayers about the reason for the referendum. We've discussed the union's concessions before as well. There is no "misrepresentation" as you like to call it. They have been called "concessions" from the start. The teachers conceded a certain amount of money that was contractually owed to them. Whether or not you agree with the amount they conceded is not relevant to this labeling. They are in fact concessions. The only thing they were ever represented as. As far as not being able support multiple facilities, there may be some truth to that, but what do you propose they do? If they close a school, where shall they put those students in the other building? The best, and perhaps only chance they had at consolidating the two facilities was strongly opposed by the community only a few years ago.
grandpa November 09, 2012 at 02:07 PM
What part of "People cannot afford any more taxes" don't you understand? There are only so many golden eggs that the goose can lay. If you cut the goose open to get more you lose the gold and you kill the goose. It's about money on the "No to the referendum" side. We don't have any more to spare. Seniors and the underemployed will be forced out of their homes. Retuers ran a story yesterday about an expected skyrocketing in meat prices in the spring. Perhaps the history classes should revisit what life was like in this country from 1930 - 1939. And now the more taxes crowd has announced they will try to take another bite at the apple in the spring.
Concerned November 10, 2012 at 02:21 PM
I think our problems are consistent with other districts in the state meaning the state will have to address the growing education funding problems. I know that the state has/is considering consolidation of districts to eliminate administrators. That would be a good start at addressing some of the inefficiencies. The looming pension crisis is on the agenda for early January. Maybe some education funding coupled with pension reform may come out of that session. Or perhaps the state is forcing the issue by potentially pushing the pension liability back to the districts impacting their budgets further. Again throwing more money at this problem within our district will not be effective long-term (district 67 you will be back for more) until we get some significant changes coming out of the state. I suspect its going to take some districts to go broke to force the state to review education funding state-wide. If SD 67 is one of those districts then so be it. Bottom line, its going to have to get worse before it gets better. What we need now is a board with some vision and spine to represent the tax payers as well as the students of the district. There needs to be a balance! Teachers welcome to the real world that the tax payers of this district have been living in for the last 10 years. Get ready for concessions, pay freezes and benefit give-backs and maybe lay-offs. The well has gone dry!
Concerned November 10, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Mrs. Concerned feels the teachers should be happy to have a job that pays many of them six figures while having the summers free, holidays off, spring break, great benefits etc etc.! Lets start the union negotiations with a salary and benefit freeze and go from there. Just look at what police and fire workers are paid for a far-more dangerous job. Teachers should not complain if the tax payers are putting the brakes on funding the greed.
Donald India November 12, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Consolidation rarely reduces the number of administrators. Just look throughout the township at the K-8 single facility districts and you will find the same number of admistrators as the 2 building SD67: 1 superintendent and 2 principals. For the record: SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER ELECTIONS ARE THIS APRIL. NOMINATIONS END CHRISTMAS EVE. Those who think they can help please put your name into nomination or live with the results our elected officials decide. Schools going bankrupt and turning the district "keys" over to the State Board of Education has been a reality for more than a decade. So far only a few districts in the Chicagoland, 6 county area have been taken over by the state. It is one of the options to consider. But do not think that the State comes in with a bucket of money to fix the district. They just take over the spending and (unless the law changed) has the right to implement immediate tax rate increases to fix the problem. So I hope we do not get to this point. I would rather take the tax increase request to the voters and live with the decision of the majority.


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